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Weekly Report - 09 July 2020 (WR-20-27)

LEADER
The Dominican Republic is poised to enter a new political era...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
For several weeks, the Venezuelan opposition had been weighing up whether or not to participate in December’s legislative elections [WR-20-26]...
Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra signed a supreme decree on 8 July setting the date for presidential and congressional elections for 11 April 2021...
The Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) has proposed a 90-day bilateral ceasefire, ostensibly in response to a resolution issued by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) calling for a halt to armed conflicts globally in the midst of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
At a press conference on 1 July, the presidential candidate of the left-wing opposition Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), Luis Arce, accused the interim government of seeking to exclude him from the upcoming election, after the justice minister, Álvaro Coimbra, called for a corruption investigation involving Arce to be reopened...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Brazil’s economy minister Paulo Guedes gave an interview to television channel CNN Brasil on 5 July in which he discussed the government’s economic plans for a post-pandemic future...
President Jair Bolsonaro has always batted away criticism of his government’s approach to environmental sustainability, notably regarding the conservation of the Amazon, by saying that critics distort the truth and that Brazil is one of the countries doing most to protect the environment...
President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou’s far-reaching reform bill cleared its final hurdle in congress on 8 July...
Faced with renewed public protests over the response to the socioeconomic fallout from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has announced another economic relief package...
“We all want to know what happened to Fabián Gutiérrez, who killed him, [and] the motives…but to insinuate that the government could be involved is a really miserable attitude that is hard to understand”...
MEXICO
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador finally notched up his first international air miles this week since coming to power in December 2018...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo recently marked the first year in office of his Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) government, unveiling 12 priority actions aimed at helping economic recovery in the face of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic...
COSTA RICA | New anti-usury law fuels controversy...
POSTSCRIPT
Ecuador’s Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner tendered his resignation on 7 July...
“We overcame fear with hope and doubt with determination...

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